The burrito method was first used to finish lined yokes, but now it’s cropping up elsewhere.

One of those upside down and inside out sewing processes in which there doesn’t seem to be any relation between what you’re doing and what you’re aiming for. Difficult describe in words and untidy in diagrams, but fun once you know how.

This excellent video tutorial about making a yoke from SewUKnow at Sewing Arts Center makes it all clear.

If you prefer a written tutorial with photos, here’s a good one from Grainline Studio patterns.

If your fabric is too bulky to roll it all up in your yoke, then sew the yoke one side at a time, a sort of half-burrito, as in this video demo from Jules Fallon of Sew Me Something patterns – Sewing Quarter, 17 April, from 4.41.

In this video from Sew Liberated patterns, a burrito method is used to make a 2-layer sleeveless dress bodice. The same method can be used for sewing a combined neckline-armhole facing (finish the neckline first).

While in this video by Nina Lee at Sewing Quarter it’s used for finishing a shawl collar, time 33.25-40.50 and 45.50-48.00.

I have used a similar method for finishing a lined vest by sewing the hem edge before the inner side seams – another thing that’s easier to do than to put into words or diagrams.

And if you’d like to practice this technique with simpler fabric pieces, here’s a photo tutorial on making a burrito pillowcase !

(If like me you think a burrito is a small mule – in the US it’s a wrapped fast food item ! Wikipedia)

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